She discusses "masterly inactivity" as a key function of teaching. Students know you have the authority to act but you allow them the space to discover, try, fail and learn on their own. That only works when they know they are safe. Am I acting under authority and showing that to my children?
In the end CM education comes down to these two key principles:
Can it be that basic? This is simple but not easy territory. Our role is to point - not prod - kids into relationship with the world around them. My experience has overemphasized the "ideas" and left habits up to chance. Now to undo that pattern in myself and my kids. I think my parents tried hard but I was stubborn. In the end, she explains:
I think they tried to initiate - but I never followed through. I didn't get the value of habits. Honestly, CM expects the teacher to point but the student to take up and read. It really is self education that counts.
So, these are things I am thinking about this week. Am I helping to initiate relationships with living ideas? What sort of habits do I have? What about my children? Unfortunately, I think we have allowed many bad habits to go unchecked. We'll see what the second half of the book holds this coming week. Yes, I am rushing through and not savoring - but I am thinking!
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